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Virtual SJCC: Allied Air Support – Operation Overlord: Before, During & After D-Day

November 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Osher @ the J: Allied Air Support Operation Overlord

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series continues with another Zoom conversation on November 11: “Allied Air Support – Operation Overlord: Before, During, and After D-Day.” Speaker Mike Lavelle explores the critical role the Allied Air Forces played in the preparation and execution of the D-Day invasion.

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More than two years of Allied planning and preparation went into the effort of the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. A critical element of the integrated land, sea, and air plan was the Allied Air Forces’ support before, during, and after the invasion. How was this accomplished? What was the command structure for over 10,000 aircraft assigned to squadrons to support Operation Overlord? What Air Doctrine did the American and British Air Forces base their planning upon? How were operational challenges addressed at both the command and operational level? These and other questions will be addressed during this presentation covering this historic event that occurred 70 years ago.

About the Speaker: Aviation historian and author Mike Lavelle spent 34 years in the aviation industry between Cessna Aircraft Company and The Boeing Company of Seattle. Mike is a flight instructor with over 7,000 hours in a variety of aircraft, as well as, a certified FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic. As a former director of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Mike has always had an interest in the people, events, and aircraft that make up the rich history of aviation. The Allied Air Support of the Normandy Campaign ranks high in all three of those categories.